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Protestant Identity In An Orthodox Context: The Example Of Serbia

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It must be stressed that the term 'Protestant' is surrounded by enormous confusion in Serbia and no such thing as a unified Protestant identity is there in the country. The Orthodox understanding that religion is experienced almost exclusively in a community is in stark contrast to the Protestant view that each person can stand before God and is individually responsible for his life and actions before Him. Orthodox Christianity recognizes baptism as an unmistakable sign of becoming a member of the church. The Serbian government has openly embraced Serbian Orthodoxy. The Serbian Orthodox Church is one of the few in the world that still follows Julian calendar. Due to their linguistic confines, the mainline Protestant churches never reached the Serbian majority population, so Protestantism did not affect Serbian culture. Recognizing the opportunities to learn from each other in a multi-confessional context will benefit the entire nation and the Protestant minority.

Keywords: baptism; Orthodox; Protestant identity; Serbia

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